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Dive Review of Catalina Divers Supply/Seaport Village Inn in
The Continental USA/Catalina Island, CA

Catalina Divers Supply/Seaport Village Inn, Dec, 2009,

by Gregg Gaylord, WI, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5321.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Pacific, Caribbean, Solomons, PNG, Atlantic, Great Lakes, Hawaii, Cocos, Andaman Sea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 59 to 55 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 45 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions DRYSUIT DIVING
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments CATALINA DIVERS SUPPLY: I called well in advance to arrange a "guided private series of dives" so that I could get more experience with drysuit diving. They were superb. Reservations were well handled and friendly. Donny was a superb helpful dive guide. Very professional, helped me with my drysuit and very calm and understanding. I could not have had a better experience. The water IS cold though not ice diving. We went through a lot of kelp, saw an angel shark and a couple of seals. There is a rich "macro" environment. I was there for the drysuit experience and I was very happy with how they handled that. I would definitely go again with this superb operation.

Seaport Village Inn: All I can say is RAUL IS THE BEST. He is friendly, helpful, accomodating, hard working, and and excellent communicator. If the rest of the world had his attitude, we'd probably have the cure for cancer by now! OK..that's a stretch, but he's wonderful. The SVI accomodates divers with transporation, allows you to "hang your suits", and they even served us breakfast in bed (OK..brought it TO our room as part of the free breakfast). The rooms are NOT luxurious. They are adequate. But they are clean and a GREAT VALUE. I would definitely stay here again if diving Catalina.
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